Monday, January 17, 2011

Celebrate Ever Day with Tiny Cakes!

For Christmas, my wonderful husband signed me up for a basic cake decorating class. Last week was orientation and from here on out, I must bring a "clean canvas" cake to each class. I felt a little silly about the fact that I hadn't ever even made a layer cake. First of all, let me say that making enough batter for two-and-a-half cakes is no small task. I think my Kitchen Aid mixer might have pulled something in the process. After the whole baking "fiasco" (which included two extra trips to the store), I started the icing. I'm not sure if you see the weight of the icing in the picture to the left, but there is two pounds of icing in that tupperware, and every bit of that went on the cake! Woah! I'm just doing what the cake lady told me to do. With a tad of patience, I finally got the hang of the icing tip, which is HUGE and then I started smoothing. My husband, like the sweetie he is, said that the buttercream was so smooth that it looked like fondant. I look forward to getting a better as the weeks go by! So this Tuesday, I'll take my cake and about twenty pounds of supplies to class and learn how to decorate it! The picture at the top of the post is my little leftover cake. I decided to take the Ina Garten Rustic route and see how that went. I guess it was pretty cute!

Monday, July 6, 2009


Hello everybody! 75 days 'til the wedding! Wedding stuff is progressing. Invitations and favors are ordered. I am now to the point of worrying about accessories.

The order of business: Necklaces!
I had no idea that choosing a necklace for my wedding day was going to be so complicated. I've had a general consensus that a necklace with yellow in it would look very nice, so I have spent too many hours scouring Etsy for the perfect necklace and now I have two to show you. Lucky for you, I narrowed down my choices from twenty to three already.

I thought this one would go nicely with the lace trim that accents my dress. And I love the pearl coin. The small bit of yellow is great if I don't want to be in-your-face accessorized, I think. This necklace is byPinking-Edge Designs.

This one is very pretty, I think, however, I worry about it being a little much. It is also a more "honey" yellow than what I had in mind. I'm not sure if it would make the impact I wanted. But still, the peice is just beautiful. From Artwear by Mona.
This last pendant is tied for first place with the pearl charm I showed you above. It is a vintage carved clay dahlia. I'm not a huge vintage girl, but this little guy feels modern feminine to me. It isn't big either, which is a plus for me. This awesome little guy is by Flutter Budget (but don't buy it. If you do, I'll cut you)
I am half tempted to buy both the first and third choices and wear one to the ceremony and one to the reception. What do you guys think? Which one is your favorite?

Our next episode will be on hair accessories. I know you're so excited!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Lots of thoughts all at once.

For the past week, I haven't really made any decisions on anything related to the wedding. I supposed I've been avoiding it because I feel like there's so much to get done. Well, now it is time to stop avoiding. You lucky readers get to take a look at my mental dialogue. I'm sure that if I don't put it all into writing, it will never get out of my head.

One of the biggest things I've been thinking about recently is flowers. In one of my previous posts, I had mentioned a couple of flowers that I liked. I'm still in love with ranunculus and pom pom dahlias, but something similar to the pompom has come onto the scene. It is called a "billy ball"(see pic, courtesy of OnceWed Wedding Blog).
I think that these could come together with some other flowers to make a sweet bouquet. Do you think my florist would be ok with me saying, "I like these three kinds of flowers. I want modern bouquets with different textures and yellows and golds. We'll be tying blue ribbon around the stems. Go at it."? I bet she'd be ok with that. I just need to make some time to give her a call. I wonder if I could find some cute buttons or broaches to put on the stems of the bouquets for the girls.

Our only consultation with our baker was back in January, when we thought we were having a wedding at a coffee house, with a completely different theme. As far as the baker is still concerned, the cake was going to have "coffee swirls" on it. Since then, the colors and theme have changed to Royal Blue and yellows and a bird theme. That being said, we have some adorable bird cake toppers for the cake, but I have no idea what the cake is going to look like. I'm pretty sure I have until August to figure that out, though. I'm thinking something with either a modern silhouette of leaves or maybe some sugar flowers, if the bakery even knows how to make sugar flowers. My struggle for simple but modern goes on.

Order of Ceremony
I wasn't planning on having to worry about the order of ceremony for at least another month. However, submitting the program along with our print order of Invitations and thank-you cards could end up saving us some money. I like that. So, by the time we get our invitations ordered, we need to have the ceremony finalized...eek! I'm betting that's a whole blog post in itself. I won't make you read anymore for now. Thanks for reading!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Hi from H-town!

Hello from Houston! Zack and I have come down to see his little brother graduate from high school. It has been great to get to spend time with my future in-laws.

In wedding news, my cake toppers are finished at RedLightStudio!
Aren't they adorable?! I love love them! One question, though: do you guys like the red tie? It was initially intended to look like the red breast of a blue bird. In any case, they are totally cute. I'll have to figure out what kind of cake they would fit onto. That will have to be another week, though.

I've also been thinking way hard about my shoes lately. I feel like I've exhausted my internet resources looking for the perfect shoe: Not too high (my dress doesn't need a heel at all), blue or yellow (preferably fabric of some kind), a rather large peep for the toe, and maybe some ruffles or pleats. Perhaps I'm just getting a little too picky. But I do keep seeing all these wedding photos where the bride has the most adorable shoes. I know you can't see them during the ceremony, but I would feel so cute if I could have some cute shoes to complete my dress. I've mostly looked at Zappos and Overstock. If any of you have a website that you visit regularly for shoes, please let me know!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Long time, no plan!

Hello again! I've figured out that starting a new job, moving, and hanging out with my fiance all make it pretty hard to do much wedding planning at all, let alone blogging about it. I'm back for the time being, however. We'll see if I can manage to make the blogging a habit.

My two biggest to-dos for the wedding are hammering down a rehearsal dinner venue, which is proving more difficult than I'd like, and getting flowers settled and picked. For the rehearsal dinner, I've only got a handful of options left before I have no clue what we're going to do. Enough of that right now, though, since worrying about it won't fix it and it is too late at night to make any calls.

As for flowers, I've decided to go with golds and yellows, which I feel will contrast the color of my girls' dresses quite well. I'm still having a hard time figuring out exactly what will and won't be in season, but I'm sure that yellow flowers are easy to find in the late summer.

I do like the bouquet at the top, but was hoping for something a little modern. I do love the touch of blue among the yellow, though.

Tonight, I love:

Pompom Dahlias


Thursday, May 14, 2009

128 days to go!

Well, just about a month ago, I talked about priorities. School was taking the driver's seat for a while and wedding was going into the trunk. As of yesterday, I am finished with my college career and will be graduating on Saturday! Huzzah! On monday, I start full time at a web company in dallas. The next Saturday, I move into the apartment that Zack and I will be living in after we get married. Everything is happening so fast! I will tell you a secret, though... I think I like it.

Anyway!... school being over now gives me more time to spend with my wonderful fiance and more time to spend on planning our wedding!

With four months (holy cow!) until the Big Day, there is lots to do! My biggest priorities over the next week are the following:

1. Get a good list of rehearsal dinner venue options put together.
2. Pick a tux/vest/tie combo with zack!

That's all I should have for tonight. But seeing as it would be lazy of me to make a post without giving you something visual to enjoy, I'd like to show you one of my wedding favor considerations:
These birdseed favors are from NatureFavors at Etsy. They are just so cute!

Friday, April 10, 2009


The coming month is going to be especially busy. That which will be taking most of my time is school. I'm in my last month of college! Huzzah! On top of the solo project for each class, there is also a group project for each class. In addition to school, I will be starting a new job tomorrow, which I hope works out really well.

Needless to say, I will be very busy. I have decided to put major wedding planning thoughts on hold until graduation. Wedding stuff will only be used as a point of relaxation and escape from the busier parts of the day.

As soon as I cross that stage, I will be moving to Dallas and diving into my job full time. After all that, I'm assuming I'll have a lot more time to dedicate to my man and wedding planning.

Sorry I didn't have anything ground-breaking!